Thanks for your quick answer,
The "Last name" field in the User Profile form can handle spaces, so it is currently possible to list two surnames in that field. For example, If in my journal profile I were
Your proposal will solve an appearance problem, but It's more a matter of interoperation and normalization. As well as you use isolated fields for Name and Surname, in spanish people databases we use different fields for different surnames. You cannot be sure that two words in the same field mean two different surnames, in spanish there are surnames composed by two words, or even three.
If you want to establish relationships between author records from different sources, it's much easier if you have first and second surname isolated.
Would it be possible to make it a configuration setting? That way you won't see the second surname field unless you enable this setting.
Related to this problem, all interoperation formats, and metadata schemas that mainly come from english world, don't have this solved, one unique field for surnames
We are in the process of tackling this. I'm not entirely sure about having global author identifiers, per se -- but we will be providing the ability for submitting authors to look up authors that already exist within the system as they create the article's metadata. This would hopefully cut down on typos, misattribution, etc., and would also make it easier for the submitting author to fill out the submission metadata.
This sounds great because using one unique code for authors in the system will help assigning all the articles to the same author record, when exporting and consolidating information in other systems.
Thanks for your time.